What Types of Termites Are Common in Houston?

Did you know that termites can cause more damage to property than fire or floods? Termites are small enough that you may not notice them at first, but rest assured, once you have a termite infestation in your home you could be looking at thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and possibly damage enough to make your home unsafe to live in until it’s been repaired.


What Are Termites?

Termites are tiny insects that feed on the wood in your home, making their way through timber-framed houses and wooden furniture until you suddenly realize you are riddled with them.

They tend to begin swarming and infesting homes around February time, just in time for spring, and they can be difficult to spot at first.

Gulf Coast Exterminators has provided affordable and highly effective termite control in Houston for over 20 years, we know what to look for, and we know how we can help you.

Houston’s Termites

There are three types of termite species that live in Houston; the Formosan, the Subterranean, and the Drywood termite. Due to the particular climate of Houston and Texas in general, these termites can thrive and multiply in number within days. Some infestations can be up to 200,000 termites large.


Here’s a Breakdown of the Three Types of Houston Termite

Formosan Termites

These light orange colored subterranean termites are generally found on many of the southern states, and they are more aggressive than either the Subterranean or the Drywood termites.

A female Formosan termite can lay up to 1000 eggs a day, meaning their colony can grow exceptionally quick if not taken care of by a termite control expert from Gulf Coast Exterminators in time.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites, are particularly invasive. They live in colonies of up to around 25,000 insects and thrive best in dry and arid desert-like environments. They are a yellow-brown color and have a particular habit of swarming in their thousands to find new places to get food and make homes.

They’re also not fussy when it comes to wood, they’ll destroy furniture such as picture frames and chairs, as well as the structure of your house, like support beams and wooden siding, creating thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Subterranean Termites

The subterranean termite is possibly the most prolific in the Houston area. Living in colonies from 200,000 up to 2 million, these tiny yet destructive termites can live in basements, foundations, drywall, and any moist rotting wood.

They can live there undetected for a long time until you realize there is a problem. Subterranean termites lay up to 500 eggs per day and separate themselves into three categories: reproductive termites, worker termites, and solider termites.

Do You Have A Termite Infestation?

Have you spotted a swarm of termites, discarded wings, or damaged wood? If you have, then you may have an infestation on your hands.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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